If this isn’t the very definition of reprehensible, I don’t know what is. From the always-vigilant Bil Browning at the Bilerico Project:
The Florida Agenda, an LGBT newspaper in southern Florida, has published a political attack ad paid for by the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida that features the body of slain American ambassador Chris Stevens. The ad claims that the Obama administration isn’t protecting “gay/gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism” and suggests that Sharia law will be forced on America if Obama wins a second term.
The advertisement also insinuates that Ambassador Stevens was gay. Rumors about Steven’s sexual orientation were started by Kevin DuJan, a gay Republican known best for his outrageous claims about President Obama. DuJan, who writes for the right wing blog HillBuzz, has also alleged that the President is also secretly gay.
“If the Obama administration isn’t going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah Law… ANYWHERE?” the ad asks above a Getty Images photo of the ambassador’s body being carried through the streets of Benghazi following an attack on the embassy.
The shameful ad, which can be viewed below, continues: “Israel, regardless of anyone’s sexual orientation, is the one beacon of hope in the Middle East defending our communities [sic] human rights. Support Israel in this hour of darkness. Vote Republican!”
I have no words to describe the depth of my disgust at the Broward Log Cabin Republicans for their vile dishonoring of an honorable American ambassador or their heartless exploitation of his brutal murder for partisan political purposes. However, Jerame Davis — Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats — does:
“The Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida has cravenly disrespected the life and legacy of a United States civil servant with this ad. Put bluntly, they have crossed the line of civil discourse and good taste by including an image of the corpse of slain US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya.
“It is simply unimaginable to me how any political message, let alone the muddy and ludicrous message of this ad, in any way justifies disgracing the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his country. This level of depravity and moral indifference must not be allowed to enter our political discourse.”
Browning reports that R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, also swiftly condemned the ad:
“This ad does not represent the position of Log Cabin Republicans, and we reject it completely,” he said. “The 9-11 attack on Americans posted in Libya was a straight up act of terrorism. There are plenty of reasons to vote Republican on protecting US interests abroad, but such an ad is fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible.”